The need to develop strategic communication and interpersonal skills in our students in preparation for an increasingly technological and multicultural landscape is paramount. Trouble is, like any good buzzword, whetting the appetite is a lot easier than meeting the need.
I designed it for ESL teachers (and soon SSL teachers as well) who believe that learning and creativity go hand in hand; teachers looking to spice up their curriculum, break the mold, and meet the needs of 21st century students.
A lot of research and energy went into the book, especially on the neurological front, and I decided to share some of the methodological insights my team and I gleaned from the process. We modeled our approach using clear goals from both ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Next, we turned to the leading voice at the intersection of 21st century education and second-language learning: The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). First, this means taking the time to create a nurturing environment for conversation to take place. Students choose a holiday or cultural tradition from their personal or ethnic background and create a claymation scene (or sculpture) to represent it.
In addition to exploring holiday traditions from around the world, ask your students to imagine their own new and unique holiday tradition.
Fun and effective online platforms such as Pinterest, Evernote, YouTube, and Twitter offer opportunities for real world interactions both in and outside the classroom. Tip: To turn text into a link, highlight the text, then click on a page or file from the list above. Please provide the following information to receive via email a copy of Charles Fadel’s 21st Century Education presentation. Clannishness (small group belonging) is hardwired, and so is the privileging of short-term reactivity to imminent danger over long-term proactivity to uncertain danger.

The balanced reality is that these are all AND propositions, working in concert with each other, and reinforcing each other, in a judicious, impactful feedback loop. In a world of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, our abilities to understand ourselves and each other, adapt and innovate out of problems, and work together in doing so, are key to shaping the future we aspire to. Technology is on the march exponentially, and it is a source of disruptions (via automation and offshorability), as well as solutions and incredible new possibilities—if we leverage it rather than trail it. The Center for Curriculum Redesign is dedicated to answering the question above and propagating the answers.  Follow its progress and contribute to improving education worldwide. For example, simply sitting on the floor in a circle can create a relaxed social environment for your entire class. These short periods not only offer structure, they stimulate spontaneity and creative thinking which is exactly what your students need to start conversing in a new language.
Everything you need is included in the post: a material list, step-by-step instructions, proficiency level variations, and even Tech Tools to expand the game into the digital world. All 40 ESL games from the eBook I mentioned earlier include content from a variety of other areas, most notably from the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). By connecting the two in personal and practical ways, new worlds of self-understanding are opened. A blog is an outstanding way for your students to not only communicate with each other but to actually reach out to the local, national, and even international communities around them. Humankind is beholden to its zoological evolution, and needs to educate itself for the world it aspires to. The logarithmic understanding of numbers (a diminishing scale) is hardwired as well, blinding us to the power of exponentially progressing technologies.
Here too, our zoological evolution influences us by privileging the power of the negative over intelligent discourse.

Awareness, adaptability, creativity and collaboration are the most important 21st century skills.
A growth, rather than fixed, mindset (per Carol Dweck) is essential in this endeavor, and so is Wisdom, which has not significantly progressed since the Axial Age.
And we need to summon the Courage within our evolved selves to “think globally, act locally” with a combination of “head, hand and heart” to shape the world we want.
With the aid of appropriate digital technologies, the students synthesize and share their findings with each other and propose creative alternatives and possibilities.  Then the entire class holds a debate on the issues in front of parents and members of the community, and posts its findings on the internet for other classes around the world to share in and comment on.
You can also try pairing students in quite spaces around the room to reach more introspective students. Linking language and culture in fun and student-centered ways makes the experience memorable and much easier to apply to real life. Today we choose to introduce new technologies that augment these core objectives and open new doors to learning that were previously unavailable.
The combination of the three factors makes it very hard, but not impossible, for humankind to act in concert, for its own benefit, to solve global challenges (global warming, financial crisis, etc.). Everyone brings in their own biases to an education conversation (this author included), but most often fail to be aware of them as the biases they are.

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